Madison Bumgarner owes the San Francisco Giants nothing at this point, but the Giants certainly owe him a lot more than what he’s been given.
In an offseason where free agents are complaining about only get $100 million offers, Bumgarner continues his team-friendly contract.
He made $11.5 million in 2017 and will make $12 million the next two season.
A player of his caliber on the open market could demand a nearly $200 million contract.
He’s been part of three World Series titles for the San Francisco Giants, and nearly won the 2014 crown all by himself.
He’s given the Giants everything, and it’s time the they repay him.
The big lefty is just 28-years-old and won’t turn 29 until August. That means that when his current contract ends after the 2019 season he’ll be 30.
While I certainly am not in favor of signing aging players to big, lengthy contracts, Bumgarner is the exception for me.
With all he’s done for this team, I’d extend him until his age 35 season.
You know Bumgarner wants to win championships more than becoming the highest paid pitcher in baseball, so I don’t think he’d demand a haul.
I’d love to extend him five more years for $20 million a year. That means the San Francisco Giants would have him for at least seven more years at $124 million.
Yu Darvish just signed with the Chicago Cubs for a similar deal.
This would pretty much guarantee that Bumgarner stays a Giant for life. If he wants to play past 35 then I’m sure we can work something out on a year-to-year basis.
There are just certainly players you never want to see in another uniform, and Bumgarner is one of those for me. Buster Posey is nearly on the same level, but he’s already been rewarded and is set to be with the Giants until he’s 35.
It’s time for the front office to do the same for Bumgarner and show him how much he’s meant to the fans and the orginization during his career.